Carol Abraczinskas – Paul Sereno’s Scientific Illustrator

This is a tribute
to fellow dino artist/illustrator Carol Abraczinskas. I was pleased to find these interviews on the web. Getting to know Carol several years ago was a highlight. Seeing her work is always a delight.

Figure 1. Video interview with scientific illustrator, Carol Abraczinskas.

Scientific illustrator, Carol Abraczinskas. Click image to view video produced by SAIC*. Photo courtesy of Bruce Friedland, FBI.

On a personal note:
I once enjoyed an afternoon running around SVP with Carol as she sought autographs from every contributor to a dinosaur encyclopedia then just published. A few years later I flew into Midway in Chicago in a Cessna just to have a pizza with her. Literally, figuratively and on Google, there is only one Carol Abraczinskas. She has been interviewed many times and a Google search will reveal all.

The early years
After graduation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Abraczinskas began  documenting Egyptian and Nubian artifacts in 1989 at the University of Chicago. That year she joined Paul Sereno on field expeditions to Texas and Niger as a scientific illustrator. She has been with him ever since. Her own work has been exhibited at the Field Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry, both in Chicago. In 2011 she was interviewed by Scientific American, which published this illustration of hers online:

Original caption: Sereno PC (2012) Taxonomy, morphology, masticatory function and phylogeny of heterodontosaurid dinosaurs. ZooKeys 226: 1–225. Fig. 9B.

Original caption: Sereno PC (2012) Taxonomy, morphology, masticatory function and phylogeny of heterodontosaurid dinosaurs. ZooKeys 226: 1–225. Fig. 9B.

The Lanzendorf Prize – x3
Carol Abraczinskas has contributed her expertise to after-school workshops as well as to graduate classes at the University of Chicago, where she teaches advanced courses in scientific illustration. The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology awarded her the John J. Lanzendorf Paleoart Award for Scientific Illustration in 2000, 2005, and 2008. Recent feature articles on Carol and her work have appeared in Scientific American, The Chicago Tribune, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Alumni Magazine and O, The Oprah Magazine.

*SAIC – The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to nearly 3,200 students from across the globe. Carol is an honored alumna.

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